Balmy weather greeted our young athletes on Saturday at Morton Stadium for the final league meeting of the series. The perfect conditions where a stark contrast to the "monsoon Saturday" which we all endured a few weeks previous at the same venue. There was a early start for our girls in the hurdles, all of who where making their debuts in this event for the club. Against tough opposition our debutants gave a good account of themselves. In the Under 13 Girls 60m H, Alannah Fasenfeld was 1st in her heat, and Clodagh Cullen 4th. In the U/14 Girls 75m H Caoibhe Kelders was 4th in her heat. Later in the Under 10 Girls 60m, Zoe and Jodie Ritchie both ran, with Zoe reaching the final. In the Boys U/10 60m, Dara Mulvihill, Ryan O'Neill and Liam Kelders ran, with Dara reaching the final. Cian Mulvihill put in a strong performance in the Boys U/12. The trio of Sophie Fasenfeld, Elena Cullen and Lucie Ritchie ran in the Girls U/12 80m. In the Girls U/13 we saw Sophie Ritchie, Alannah Fasenfeld and Clodagh Cullen. Ian Kirwan finished 4th in the Boys U/14 80m. Hugh Prendergast also was 4th, this time in the Boys U/16 100m. In the longer distances, Zoe Ritchie romped home 1st in the 300m Girls U/10. Jodie Ritchie also ran. In the Boys U/10 300m Ryan O'Neill and Dara came home strongly, and Lucie Ritchie and Elena Cullen in the U/12 Girls 500m.Cian Mulvihill ran in the U/12 Boys 500m. In the Girls U/13 500m, Sophie Ritchie was our top finisher coming 2nd in her heat. Clodagh Cullen and Alannah Fasenfeld also ran. Our last representive of the meeting Ellie Stapleton put in a brave performance in the Girls U/14 1000m. During the course of the day we had athletes in the Long Jump, Shot put and Turbo Javelin. Full results will appear on the Dublin Athletics Board website. All in all a very encouraging day's performances by our young athletes, who can now look forward to the Dublin Championships with a lot of confidence. All that training is now begining to pay off Boys and Girls, well done to all! Next fixtures are the Dublin Juvenile Championships on the 5th, 6th & 7th June 2015, at Morton Stadium and Tallaght AC.
Left: Alannah Fasenfeld on her way to victory in the Girls U/13 60m hurdles and right: Elena Cullen U12 Girls in long jump action.
At last Wednesday's Dublin Board Track Meeting No. 3 in Santry we had some fine performances by Club athletes. In the 400m Richard Keogh continued his good form when running 52.0 and Lee Byrne from WSAF AC ran 53.99. In the one mile race Paul Stephenson, Club captain ran a fast 4.29. In the 5,000m Brian Furey ran 16.04 and Aaron Browne ran 17.03. The full results are on the Dublin Athletics Board website. Well done all.
Yesterday, the third series of Juvenile leagues took place at Tallaght AC. A total of 18 young athletes took part wearing Rathfarnham colours. Under 14 Girls 400m featured Isabelle Doyle who finished 2nd in her heat. Ian Kirwan Under 14 Boys 400m came in a strong 3rd position. Under 16 Boys 400m, Hugh Prendergest 4th in heat. Jodie and Zoe Ritchie ran in Under 10 Girls 500m, Zoe winning her heat in great style. Boys under 10, Ryan O'Neill 4th, Dara Mulvihill 6th, Simon and Oscar Comerford made their track debuts. Under 12 600m Girls, Lucie Ritchie, Abbey Kelly, Elena Cullen and Sophie Fasenfeld all featured. Under 13 Girls 600m, Sophie Ritchie 1st and Fortune Chukwu 3rd in same heat. Clodagh Cullen and Alannah Fasenfeld also ran. Our last representive was Ellie Stapleton who put in a fine performance in Girls Under 14 1500m. The days action wasn't confined to the track, as the boys and girls also entered Long Jump, High Jump and Javelin in their respective age groups. Well done to all! Full results will follow on dublinathletics website. Next fixture, League 4, Saturday 23rd May 2015, Morton Stadium @ 10am.
Stephen Gaffney continues his great form over the 100m when winning the 100m in 10.92, against a strong head wind of -2.1m., at the AAI Games in Santry today. Marcus Lawlor from St. Lawrence O'Toole, Carlow was second in 10.95. Earlier in the day Stephen was just pipped by Marcus Lawlor in the 200m with Stephen clocking 21.80, which Marcus won in 21.79. A report on their efforts is on the AAI website at AAI Report and the full results are at AAI Games Results page. Well done Stephen.
Stephen winning the 100m. today
(Picture courtesy AAI website)